My name is Doug Williamson.
Welcome to my personal website.
When I began my business career, back in 1969, it never occurred to me I would be as fortunate as I have been to have served as “trusted advisor” to such a large number of exciting organizations and senior executives around the world. It’s been quite a journey and one that has taken me inside board rooms and executive suites in places as diverse as Uppsala, Sweden and Melbourne, Australia. It has offered me privileged exposure to organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies in the United States, to global giants in Europe. It has provided me with unique assignments and terrific challenges in industries as diverse as mining and microbiology.
As a Leader I have occupied several different senior executive positions, run several unique businesses and have begun and built companies.
As a Facilitator I have worked with senior executive teams from a cross section of the best known and most highly regarded multinationals.
As a Change Agent I have been involved in the hard work of transforming organizations, building high performance teams and rejuvenating cultures.
As a Public Speaker I have taught Leadership Development programs and addressed audiences with participants from the C-Suite to the front line.
As an Executive Coach I have helped guide high potential executives in their personal journeys to make the most of their potential.
Today, I am the C.E.O. of The Beacon Group, a Toronto-based firm that specializes in Organizational Transformation and Effectiveness as well as Talent Identification and Leadership Development.
Doug is C.E.O. of The Beacon Group. He leads the company’s associates in their activities providing customized state of the art Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Strategic Planning and Performance Management services and solutions to both private and public sector organizations in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Throughout his 30 year international business career, Doug has been actively involved in initiating positive change within many different organizations while improving the overall performance and effectiveness of countless senior level executive teams. He has lived, worked and/or studied in Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australasia and Canada.
Doug pursued his education in business, as well as behavioural psychology and human resource management, at McGill University, The London Business School and Dartmouth College in the U.S.A. Prior to forming The Beacon Group, he held several senior executive level positions with a number of large international institutions in both North America and Europe. In addition, he has served in several senior executive level positions within the Canadian Government.
While in Ottawa, he played an instrumental role in the introduction of legislation to support and encourage the growth and financing of “knowledge based industries” and served as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister. As a member of the 1992 Commission on Economic Prosperity, he was the author of their report - Financing the New Economy.